Having problems with your Sony VAIO VGN-FS980 Notebook ?

Hi tech , thanks for your caring , just got a used vgn vaio fs980, good condition have to do complete recovery and new xp pro o.s.procedures suggestions and good applications for this rebuild such as anti virus , etc, the machine has a recovery disk , we feel xp pro with office 2007,picasa ,google earth, i.e 6-7, and mozilla -gmail would be o.k just want a clean good running machine without conflict hopefully between applications ,what procedures should i consider,

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Thank you for your question, bomonte.
\015\012After using the XP recovery disc to restore XP and getting it running, the first thing you want to do is head over to Windows Update and download all the security updates (including Service Pack 3). You will need to make multiple visits to WU until it no-more shows updates. This could mean up to 8 trips to the WU site after each set of updates has been installed and you have restarted your computer.
\015\012When it finally shows no more updates, you want to get your antivirus installed. The most popular free one is Avira AntiVir Personal (be sure to get the free one here). Install that and have it updated. An alternative popular free one is AVG Free. However, its latest release is quite slow so people have been switching to AntiVir. Choose whichever suits you better, but AntiVir is more recommended these days.
\015\012As for your web browser, I highly recommend Internet Explorer 8. If you have completed the Windows Update multiple times as mentioned above, this would have been one of the updates.
\015\012Now you may have multiple e-mail accounts and want to have them accessed from one central location. Even if you have just one e-mail account, may I recommend you download Windows Live Mail. It will let you add your Hotmail account, Gmail, and virtually any others, all in one central program. It will show you their folders seperately so you'll know which e-mail has been receieved into which account. While you install Windows Live Mail, you'll get the option to install other Windows Live programs like Messenger, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. Choose whichever you like. Download them here.
\015\012If you have Office 2007, go ahead and install that. I recommend it over 2003 any day since all options are neatly categorized. As for Picasa and Google Earth, you're free to install them if you use them of course.
\015\012What I try not to do on a new machine install is install multiple programs of the same type. So since you'll already have IE8, I wouldn't go ahead and install Firefox (unless there was really a need). Since you have Windows Media Player, I wouldn't install VLC Player. I try to keep the system simple and clean, and I think that's what you want.
\015\012Talking about media players, since you'll be using XP, download this codec pack so that Windows Media Player will be able to play the majority of video and audio nicely. In addition, you may want to download QuickTime Alternative and Real Alternative so that those files will also play in WMP. Nice and simple!
\015\012Most important thing is to avoid redundant applications like I mentions above (like two of the same program), and only install things you need. To keep your PC clean, do a weekly cleanup and registry scan with CCleaner.
\015\012Finally, if you have a spare hard drive, you can use DriveImageXML to make your backups, since XP's one is quite poor!
\015\012Best of luck!
\015\012With regards
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